• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Morrison
    In Theaters:
    May 8, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 26, 2010
  • Regent Releasing

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Little Ashes Reviews

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George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald

It feels as though Morrison and Goslett are trying too hard to emulate the work of their subjects.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2010
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

The drawcard of Robert ''Twilight'' Pattinson as Dali is a mixed blessing for the filmmakers, given how ill-at-ease he is in the role. Javier Beltran, as Garcia Lorca, cast as the heroic centre of the film, cuts a more confident figure.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A snapshot of an insight into the life of Salvador Dali, one of the most complex artists in history and it intensifies rather than satisfies our curiosity about him

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 18, 2010
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

limps along about as lifelessly as one of Dali's melting clocks

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: D+

September 16, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Beltran tries to give this flimsy nonsense some weight, but Brits McNulty and Pattinson's attempts at a Spanish accent are woeful.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

September 3, 2009
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

It's not even worth it for Robert Pattinson, who is shown in the movie, nearly fully naked, with his privates tucked between his legs, but everything else showing.

Full Review Source: International Press Academy | Original Score: 2/10

August 18, 2009
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

A Pretentious Mess of a Bio-pic In the Worst Sense of the Phrase.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 10, 2009
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

The movie commits the error of scanting their cultural importance and fixating on Lorca's semi-requited love for Dali.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2009
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Sexual repression claims yet one more victim.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 7, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A dry, dull retelling of a typical gay coming-of-age tale that's invigorated by neither the period backdrop nor the fact that the characters were real people.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

June 17, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie, with its badly painted backdrops, its stiff acting and its complete lack of dramatic momentum, is embarrassing to watch.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

June 5, 2009
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Beltran, for his part, makes a solidly believable Garcia Lorca. The problem is with the man with whom he's obsessed. In Pattinson's performance, we never see what Garcia Lorca sees in Dali.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 29, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Little Ashes is stylish enough to beguile and bold enough to provoke, but it's not bright enough to illuminate.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 28, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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Even cinematographer Adam Suschitzky's richly textured and resonantly toned cityscapes and rural scenes can't make up for a flawed script and weak performances in what might have been a powerful historical drama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

While it eventually improves, the first quarter-hour of Paul Morrison's drama about the youthful exploits of Spanish artists Salvador Dali, Frederico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel is cringe-worthy.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

May 22, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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What's intended to be a daring look at repressed sexuality, three-ways and all, has the dramatic heft of a true-love comic book.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 21, 2009
Rick Mele
AskMen.com

An intriguing and muddled relationship between three brilliant artists is downgraded into a tedious and lurid art-world soap opera full of convoluted love triangles.

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 22/100

May 21, 2009
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

A pleasurable, old fashioned gay romance with a good measure of art and politics tossed in between the passion.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 15, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Exactly the kind of flavorless bourgeois froth that the men it takes for its subjects would have ridiculed mercilessly.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

May 15, 2009
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